Review: Vikki Stone – Instrumental

Vikki Stone review

The musical comedienne described by the Scotsman as the bastard lovechild of Tim Minchin and Victoria Wood is back at the Fringe with her most personal show yet.

I’d first become aware of Vikki Stone when a friend invited me to see her at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline last October. It was a dark Tuesday night and there were only 12 other people in the audience, so she performed an intimate show for us in the bar area. It was fairly anarchic and very rude, she sang filthy songs about Professor Brian Cox and Phillip Schofield.

Instrumental however, is quite different and not what I was expecting. Gone are the rude ditties about her celebrity crushes, this is her life story, one of love, loss and music. She plays (or attempts to play) up to 20 music instruments including piano, flute, piccolo, bassoon, accordion, glockenspiel, floor toms, cello, violin, tambourine and egg shakers.

It’s quite fast paced as she tells her story to a constant beat with funny pictures and musical asides. She barely comes up for air and although I found it hard to keep up and hear everything I was totally engaged and entertained and even found myself feeling a bit emotional towards the end as I learned about what she was going through when I saw her last October.

The show was a bit rough round the edges but in her words “well it’s only a preview show so fuck it”, the ramshackle parts just added to it in my opinion.

Be warned though if you are sat in the first few rows you may well be called upon to play extras in a few silly recreations which are always good fun.

High octane mirth.


Vikki will be perfoming Instrumental at the Belly Button Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61) at 7,20pm until 24th August, with 2 for 1 tickets available on the 4th and 5th.

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